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College of Law adopting a cautious approach to LLB reform

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Prof R Songca, Executive Dean (centre, pink shirt) with some of the students that attended the Polokwane leg of the 2014 Student Indaba

Management and staff at Unisa’s College of Law are keeping a wary eye on proposed changes to the South African LLB. College of Law Executive Dean, Professor R Songca revealed this on April 30th during the latest Student Indaba organised in Polokwane.

Extensive and divided debates on the effectiveness of the LLB degree are currently taking place at institutions of higher learning across South Africa. Professor Songca told students attending the Indaba that although the college is waiting on the outcome of discussions at the Council for Higher Education “we cannot just wake up one morning and say we are doing away with LLB for undergraduates.” She went on to say that while the conversation on the future of the LLB is not easy “it has serious implications for our people, youth and for our nation.”

Surrounded by the nodding heads of colleagues accompanying her, Professor Songca added that the College had consulted members of the profession and would soon improve on its practical legal training course as well as the moot court and street law projects.

It was also announced that EUP1501 will be replaced with a new module named ‘Social dimensions of justice” from 2015 onwards. The new module will be rolled out to all law qualifications and offered fully online through myUnisa.

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4Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:25
Mmmmhmm. I am praying hard i pass my final modules and graduate this August before the major changes are incorporated as proposed.
However, let's hope scrapping it out or prolonging it is indeed for the best.
3Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:02
They have made numerous changes to the LLB over the years. I personally cannot complete my degree due to changes and other requirements that are being introduced. I believe that the current LLB is good as it is. Maybe Management should rather focus on getting students, who are completing their degrees, jobs with corporates. Put us on the workforce to get the practical training that is needed. Expose us to the corporate world for the practical legal training part. That will help us more than prolonging the degree.
2Friday, 02 May 2014 12:44
A person would have to first study a BA or BCom before starting the LLB. Through Unisa, this is at least an extra 3 years of studying; through other universities, it's at least an extra 2 years. The South African Students Congress (Sasco) has stated that this will put more of a financial strain on the majority of students and it won't help transformation. The main reason why the 4-year LLB was introduced in the first place was to promote transformation. Why are they changing it now?
1Friday, 02 May 2014 10:21
If they do away with the undergrad LLB then what does someone need to study just after finishing matric to become an attorney?